Climpson & Sons

Restaurants , Cafés South Hackney
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Climpson & Sons
Tricia de Courcy Ling
Climpson & Sons

There are two sides to Climpson, a tiny fixture in Broadway Market serving some of the capital’s best coffee. From Monday to Friday, it’s a popular place for a hot brew in relaxed conditions, perhaps with a light meal or snack. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s a victim of its own well-deserved success. The crowds are massive, even when the weather’s less than wonderful.

Once you’ve queued and placed your order, you’ll have to wait for a good few minutes to get it. If you take sugar in your brew, it will be added by the barista, not by you. And the coffee will be served in a paper cup – ceramic just would not be practical – which inevitably fails to do full justice to it. This is not a criticism of Climpson, which roasts great beans and employs people who know everything about how to brew them. It’s merely a warning to anyone who wants to savour the goods under optimal conditions.

If you can, visit during the week and enjoy tasty little dishes both sweet and savoury (the soups are always very good), and drink coffee from ceramic cups – and add your own sugar.

 

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Climpson & Sons says
Climpson & Sons source, roast and craft the finest coffees from the heart of east London. Our café offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for customers to enjoy some of London's finest coffee, along with locally sourced produce for our breakfast and lunch menu.
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Venue name: Climpson & Sons
Contact:
Address: 67 Broadway Market
London
E8 4PH
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-5pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-5pm Sat; 9am-5pm Sun
Transport: London Fields rail or bus 26, 48, 55
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Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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Alexandra L
Tastemaker

Broadway Market at the weekend is a busy place. Get there at lunchtime on a Saturday and you’ll find yourself rubbing not only shoulders but also elbows, arms and legs with hundreds of other people looking to do the same things as you – devour good food, enjoy a great atmosphere and support small, local, independent businesses.


Get there at 8.30am on a Tuesday morning however and it’s a different story. Peaceful & placid, there is a serene unhurriedness to the market that is quite lovely and nowhere is it more delightful than in Climpsons. Voted one of the top 30 Independent Coffee Venues for 4 out of the last 5 years by the London Coffee Guide, this is a gorgeous spot for a calm and soothing breakfast mid-week when the crowds of the weekend still feel an eon away and you can find yourself sharing a corner with a local glowing runner topping up their caffeine intake before heading home, a yummy mummy indulging in a latte & a doorstop of home-made banana bread or a greyhound hopefully eyeballing a raisin studded golden pastry.


As one of the planet’s few non-coffee drinkers, I can only share the comments of my dining companions who, upon first sip, said something along the lines of ‘ohhhh yeaaaaaahhhhh THAT is good'. Roasters of their own coffee a hop, skip & jump away in London Fields and bakers of their own cakes & quiches, Climpsons pride themselves on using fresh, regional produce which makes them both a champion and an integral part of the local community.


A giant bowl of granola, yoghurt & berries was completely delicious in its nutty, creamy flakiness and, sat in the window watching the world go by in a sun-dappled blur of pigtailed school girls, scooter-wielding mums & suited, bespectacled chaps, it really was the most charming of ways to wake up. Service is friendly and low-key with food brought to where you're sat, a chalkboard menu & wooden benches add to the feeling of natural quality and you get the feeling that you could while away a day here never mind an hour and no-one would bother you as you did. 


Cut London open nowadays and it would bleed avocado toast & designer coffee but finding somewhere that serves both and is worthy of becoming either your local or your local place to head to at the weekend is a real joy…I might not be able to bag a seat come Saturday lunchtime but I’ll absolutely be shotgunning one come Tuesday morning.

Alanna S
Tastemaker

The best coffee in London in my opinion. The staff are knowledgable about the coffee and they have a great selection of tempting treats. It's a pokey little space but it has a lovely intimate feel perfect for catching up with friends

Steven M

Omg why are the staff so rude there really is no excuse for this sort of behaviour. Sorry... but please change!! Two little words that are not in there vocabulary unfortunately

ELI
Staff Writer

Definitely the best coffee on Broadway Market.

G G

this place is great place we love it they have best coffe in hackney and cakes))

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Nicki

This cafe is right near my apartment so I wish I liked it more. Whilst I have had a couple of good coffees here, consistency is shocking. Mediocre coffees mingle with terrible ones. One consistent thing you can rely on are terrible, rude staff who possess an arrogance and aura of superiority. Avoid.

AMZ

What fun? Everyone was taking themselves rather seriously on my last visit. Pretty good coffee, shame about a couple of surly staff - left a bitter taste.

Niki P
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We were in the cafe at broadway market today and were shocked at the appalling service and attitude of the staff at the counter. To start with we were served lattes instead of the cappuccinos that we ordered and when we said we were served wrong coffees, they just added chocolate powder to the lattes and refused to acknowledge there was any difference between the two coffees! Staff needs a serious attitude check